Posted on | March 5, 2013 | No Comments
Another big game in the Championship occurs at the City Ground, with both Nottingham Forest and Ipswich requiring points for different reasons. In the case of the former, Forest are desperate to push themselves into the playoff reckoning. Ipswich need them at the other end of the table though, with the Tractor Boys aiming to extend their six point advantage from the bottom three.
Nottingham Forest were a club in real turmoil several weeks ago, with supporters quickly turning against their team after the board had made a series of strange decisions. However, morale now appears to be much better at the City Ground, with new manager Billy Davies bringing an aura of positivity with him. Davies has masterminded some fantastic form since his appointment, with the club currently on a run that has seen them drop just two points over their last four games. This means that they now sit on fifty one points, with eleven games remaining to help them close the four point gap between them and the playoffs.
Ipswich are another side in the division who has changed their manager and while it has taken a while for Mick McCarthy to stamp his authority on the team, things now appear to finally be coming together. The Tractor Boys were embroiled in a serious relegation dogfight a few weeks ago, but the last month has been very kind to them indeed. Fans were understandably worried when their team lost to relegation-rivals Bristol City at the end of January, but they have responded in perfect fashion and lost just the two matches since. With three victories occurring in this period, another win will surely set them on their way to survival and propel them handsomely up the table.
In terms of team news, Billy Davies could have some major defensive problems with the likes of Danny Collins, Greg Halford, Daniel Ayala and Sam Hutchinson all out through injury. This means that Jamaal Lascelles is all but certain to step in and play in the heart of the Forest defence. At the other end of the field, Darius Henderson is unlikely to play as he struggles on the treatment table. Ipswich on the other hand are tipped to keep changes to a minimum, meaning that Mick McCarthy is unlikely to hand Frank Nouble or Reece Brown a debut following their recent loan switches.
This is a clash that is slightly difficult to predict, as both of these teams are performing very well at the moment. However, it could be argued that Nottingham Forest are superior on paper and with the City Ground outfit also holding the home advantage, our prediction will be a 2-1 win for Billy Davies’ men.